50-word speculative micro-fiction
They fell from the trees that summer.
Pips and squeaks, the only sounds before light feathery bodies came to rest on the dirt.
Dust rose and engulfed them — a makeshift burial.
The last of their kind, probably. Tears were shed at the telling.
Not long after, the trees also fell.
© Josie Kirkwood 2020
Previously published in ‘The Friday Fix’ on Medium on 12 February 2020.
Micro-fiction is tiny fiction of up to ~300 words with 50-word stories known as ‘Dribbles’ and 100-word stories known as ‘Drabbles’. Often written to a prompt and tight deadline, these tiny stories provide creative challenge and an opportunity to experiment or write in different genres. Sometimes Dribbles and Drabbles can inspire a longer piece of fiction.